International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Oct 17, 2012

The situation in southern Somalia has become worse following the drought caused by two seasons of low rainfall. (Photo: OCHA/Abdi Noor Yussuf)

Extreme poverty destroys the lives and spirit of people; it kills more children, young persons, and adults than any war. Every day, people living in extreme poverty are challenged and threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential services.

Recognizing that poverty is violence, the 2012 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on "Ending the violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting empowerment and building peace".

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Our Stories

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    No one has escaped the deleterious impacts of the ongoing crisis. The rapid deterioration of the situation since 2011 is reflected in the increasing number of people fleeing their homes. Situated in the north of Syria, Aleppo was one of the most affected governorate

  • Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh start

    Rushing about her teashop in downtown Eyl, a coastal village in Somalia, Bisharo Abdi looks the part of a busy young shopowner. However, behind this chatty young entrepenuer is a complex story. Life for Bisharo has been difficult. She was born into to a poor family in Eyl and orphaned when she was just a child. She started a small teashop to support the younger brothers and sisters she was left to care for. Today, at only 25 years of age, Bisharo is a widow.

  • An empowered youth from South Lebanon

    The story of Hassan Khazaal is one of resilience and perseverance to discover ones capacities and delve into a long journey of change and self-development. Today, the 27 year old youth leader from Tibnin in South Lebanon, at 120 km away from the capital city of Beirut, sits in a relatively small office of a youth NGO – Tibnin AL Ghad (Tomorrow’s Tibnin) – which he currently presides. He speaks proudly about his just over 10-year endeavor in self growth and development and how he is now unleashing what he had learnt in favour of other youth.

  • As-Salamyia: The desire to live with dignity

    Rural Damascus is witnessing fierce fighting; most areas previously considered as peaceful are now totally destroyed. Most residents were forced to relocate to safer areas.

  • Bedouin Handicrafts goes Global through Small Businesses

    Since 2006, Yosra El Sayed, a 25-year-old mother of a two, had been struggling for the survival of her small Bedouin handicraft shop, which competes against the big bazaars of Beer El Abed in Northwest Sinai.

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